April 10, 2010




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Le Event Photos

April 9, 2010

Elbows Deap

– Good name
– Enjoyed the Extreme reaction

– A bit juvenile been done before.
– The idea of trusting someone was misunderstood.

Mood Cube

– Impressed with the effect.

– Strong emotional effect. Really wanted to be at a beach.

– Graphics didn’t relate to the experience

Dear Diary


Manages to lead you away from all the actions.

– Great change of pace and was very different

-Should have e-mailed quicker to keep participant engaged

Chaordic Collaboratorium

– Lots of info
– good cookies

Better font
Wasn’t intriguing.


– Tent was intriguing
– Guards were friendly and engaging
– Well Calibrated


Walk The Line

– Great use of sensory deprivations
– Memorable name
– Satisfying when it’s over
– Didn’t take long, short and sweet
– Continuously engaging

– Broken connection between the promotion

Thought Pop


– Great Music

– Nice to see thoughts

– Wasn’t precise, strange diversion path when keeping or pinning the thought
– Wasn’t guided well
– Seemed to add

Cross Words


– Engaged with issues of sensory deprivations


– Instructions were not engaging

– Used up unnecessary resources
– group did not pull people in and engage them

Down with / Art Save Art

– Shock Value
– Engulfed everything else. Competed with other groups well.
– Strong at provoking reaction.
– Successful face book group.
– Kept going, they didn’t give up

Could have made it bigger and have gone all out.

Talking Boxes

– Interesting concept, occasionally funny

– More information
– More compelling conversation, back up script.
– 3 creates variety, 2 is more of a comparison.

White Square


– Strong reaction after the event

– Forced the extension of the project, created great interested.

– The Stormtrooper was a good idea.


– Could have been more subtle
– Could have engaged the audience more
– More advertising the White Square
– More calibration, Stormtrooper could have had a more definitive goal or objective.

– Could have had a camera


April 9, 2010

Activate! Site Plans

April 4, 2010

Please note that you have been assigned the 10′ x 10′ space in the Main Space labelled “Jesse #2.” This is a different space than I’ve shown you previously.

Activate! Site Plans

Activate! Logo (better late than never. . .)

April 4, 2010

Activate! Course Conflicts

April 4, 2010

Just so you know, Doug Panton sent the following message to all First Year instructors on March 29.


Good Morning,

This is just a reminder that you that all First Year Design students will be participating in their Annual ‘Activate’ event (all sections of with their Intro to Experience Design ) on Monday, April 5th from 8:30am to 6:00pm. The event starts at 8:30am and presentations begin 12:00pm to 3:00pm.  Please allow your students to attend this event, and many thanks.

Suggest that you email all of your students to verify any possible scheduling conflict and adapt where possible.


Doug Panton
Chair First Year
Faculty of Design
Room 570g
416.977.6000 x388


April 2, 2010




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Business card DRAFT 2

April 1, 2010

April 1, 2010

The Lurkers

Ali, Nikolai, Liisa & Mitchell

Developed techniques


-eye contact between stalkers (locating target/begin stalk)

-cut throat with finger (end the stalk)

-pulling out the phone when standing still near victim (signal to other stalkers to intervene and break tension)


-One close stalker (directly follows victim)

-Cutting corners (taking different stairwells, walking across the street etc.)


-lead stalker has phone numbers of all stalkers

-texting/calling to inform of movement (insure that stalkers are not being obvious by taking the same path)

-hand/eye signals for close quarters (when a phone is counterproductive)

*Summation of Experiment:

The group found it difficult to simulate what would be an accurate stalking event on a normal day. Every victim either had a short path of travel towards a class somewhere in the school, or they were taking a route that made stalking pointless (walking straight down a long street).


-Note takers can text notes about victims directly to the website programers

-Photographs can be sent via phone (a sacrifice in picture quality, but less obvious)

-Each stalker should have copies should have copies of the business cards/cookies in case the exit team is unavailable


March 31, 2010

Tomorrow is your last day to print the business card since most printers will be closed on the weekend. We assume the cookies aren’t happening, since that takes longer to order. We’ve sent out a few emails asking about your progress, please respond ASAP!


March 31, 2010

Was just wondering if you guys thinkkkkkk it would better if we :

A) Gave everyone we staked a separate page (we made a reallly simple example one of Caitlin if you look under who we are “following”) Took like 5 min make it.

B) Everyone on the main blog page

Also, I’m assuming an intro of some sort should be included, so what do you think we should write?

Website idea for approval?

March 30, 2010

Just wanna get some feed bad here.  This is the start page. Last class we discussed possibly having a flash intro or a video montage intro. By clicking on your username/signature/name whatever you’re lead to a page that resembles a confidential file with you name on it and all this information. I’ll probably rework the graphics so get a cleaner image, and include the header on the blog.

[edit] do we have the domain thing worked out yet?

Thinking Out Loud Procedures

March 29, 2010

Click here to download the “Thinking Out Loud” procedures for user testing developed by Judy Ramey and Xerox.

Language of a stalker real stuff

March 29, 2010


1. Watch out! Subject is coming – touch nose with hand or handkerchief

2. Subject is moving on, going further, or overtaking – stroke hair with hand, or raise hat briefly

3. Subject standing still – lay one hand against back, or on stomach

4. Observing Agent wishes to terminate observation because cover threatened – bend and retie shoelaces

5. Subject returning – both hands against back, or on stomach

6. Observing Agent wishes to speak with Team Leader or other Observing Agents – take out briefcase or equivalent and examine contents.

Info for the Website crew from Larisa

March 29, 2010

Here is some info on stalking you may want to post on the website – it has definitions, a bit of history etc.

For statistics

For example, what can you do to help if someone is being stalked:

1. If you know someone who is being targeted in this way please don’t go along with it. Don’t assume that the person is guilty or a bad person. Many innocent people are currently being targeted, and people are being told lies. This form of harassment is systemic and it’s about state control and conformity. The express goal of this harassment is to destroy the individual over time.

2. If you are aware of someone being harassed in this way, subtly direct them to websites that deal with Gang Stalking, or sites for Targeted Individuals. Knowledge is power.

3. You can subtly offer your support to someone who is being unfairly treated, in very small little ways.

4. You can bring up the subject of Gang Stalking or Targeted Individuals.

6. You can subtly suggest that your local newspapers or community papers print articles about Targeted Individuals or even an write an objective piece about Gang Stalking.


March 28, 2010

HEY EVERYONE! Here is where you guys can sign up for your positions on the day of Activate. Leave a comment on this post specifying the SHIFT (1, 2, or 3) and POSITION you are interested in. It’s on a first-come first-serve basis, so be sure to read all the comments above yours to make sure the position you want isn’t taken. Feel free to sign up for more than one shift, and keep in mind that there can be any number of additional stalkers, but the other positions only have one or two slots per shift. As usual, email us if you have any questions or concerns.

If you do not sign up by thursday we will assign you a task.


2 computer technicians (Ivy and Angelica)

1 storm trooper (Matt)

SHIFT ONE (12-1 pm)

Group Leader – Nicholas

Photographer – (Tamara available)

Photographer – Caranina

Videographer – Sianna

Videographer –

Note taker – Mitchell

Question asker – Liisa

Sketcher – Cassi

Additional Stalkers – Nikolai, Shawna available

SHIFT TWO (1-2 pm)

Group Leader – Emma

Photographer – Tamara

Photographer – (Caranina available)

Videographer –

Videographer –

Note taker – Ali

Question asker – Merrill

Sketcher – Larisa

Additional Stalkers – Sianna available, Shawna available

SHIFT THREE (2-3 pm)

Group Leader – Sara

Photographer – Christina

Photographer – Sheila

Videographer –

Videographer –

Note taker – Cassandra

Question asker –

Sketcher –

Additional Stalkers – Shawna


March 26, 2010

WEBSITE CREW: Ivy, Merrill, Sianna, Angelica

Domain name:

Tumblr URL:


– create website template by wednesday

– format tumblr (prepare to upload images, videos, scanned illustrations)

– for appearance, reference:

– coordinate with righteous stalking units and gather their test information to create a mock-up post (information should be collected no later than wednesday)

– post to tumblr / website by thursday (announce post on blog once completed so class can check it out)

EQUIPMENT CREW: Tea, April, Christina, Tamara

– find four digital cameras (4 DSLRs with decent lens lengths)

– find two video cameras (decent quality with zoom capabilities)

– have two laptops / computers available to use for scanning, image transfers, and tumblr updates on the day of the event


1) charged batteries / charging capabilities

2) appropriate USB cables to transfer files to laptop

GRAPHICS / EXIT STRATEGY CREW: Jacques, Kevin, Matt, Laura

– figure out fortune cookies situation (consider alternative solutions ie. business card, white square with logo / info stamped on)

– how to distribute exit object / information during event

– finalize graphic of square (consistent visual theme)

– placement of square (in great hall / around school)

– how to approach victim after 15 minutes of stalking


LURK: Ali, Mitchell, Nikolai, Liisa

CREEP: Caranina, Laurisa, Cassi, Sheila

HUNT: Cassandra, Christina P, Shawna, Caitlin

– do a full-fledged run through of the stalking procedure, as outlined in the experience summary

– keep all documentation, and hand it over to the website crew by wednesday at the latest so they can do a test tumblr post

Project Three: Your Final Classroom Day

March 26, 2010

Nicholas, Emma and Sara,

I have a last minute commitment in Burlington early tomorrow morning, and won’t be in class at 08:30 as a result. This is just as well: you’re our co-ordinators now. The task at hand is to ensure that your experience is maximized, and that everyone leaves tomorrow at 11:30 knowing exactly what’s expected of them. I recommend that you begin by getting reports back from each team, and then proceed to go over the entire experience using the Attract, Enter, Engage, Exit and Extend terminology we began to employ a few weeks back. If necessary, break the class up into small working groups to discuss specific issues. People may want to switch groups as the experience becomes more specified: this is fine.

I’m going to have someone drop off the A/V bag and a Macbook dongle in case you want to project the blog. If you need a whiteboard marker, you may need to go and nicely ask Audrey for one. Tell her I sent you.

I will arrive at 10:30. Please take a break at 10:15 if you can, and have everyone come back for 10:30 to report back to me. Emphasize to the class that I expect a fully specified experience by that time, and that if I’m not happy with it, I’ll send you all back to the drawing boards.
Remember: you don’t need to make the decisions, just guide them along, and help keep everyone’s “eyes on the prize.”

I’ll post the text of this email to the blog for everyone’s reference, if you want to show it to them first thing.



EQUIPMENT/DATA CREW: Tea, April, Christina D, Tamara

March 26, 2010


  • All equipment loaned from AV loans must be done through Jesse Jackson (Faculty Staff Member)
  • If a student is willing to use their own cameras, walki talkies, or microphones that would be exceptionally helpful
  • APPROX. We would need at least 5 video cameras/2 cameras/a set of 10 walkie talkies/and two projectors +hardware associated with projectors
  • Relative cost would be under $50 for walkie talkies



  • Information will be formatted according to available data
  • Mood or type of emotion portrayed will be comedic
  • Precisely, photos and video will be used to convey interaction
  • Interaction will be based on video (best technological tool to convey the essence of the interaction)
  • Information would be formatted in raw chronological order, and with numerous victims
  • Video would contain the best victims and moments of interaction
  • [Proposed] If data were to include an interview of the victim’s experience of being stalked


Example of video format:

LURK – Stalker Group 1

March 24, 2010


Over the three hour period, three groups of stalkers take hour-long shifts.


Some kind of subtle outfit for our whole crew to wear, we’re thinking black turtle necks, sunglasses…maybe trench coats.


Head Agent – 1 person

Directs the group, appoints stalk-ees who have walked through the square. Gets everyone on the same page.

Up and Close and Personal Photographer – 1 person

In charge of getting close up photos, must be stealthy. Make it look like you’re taking photos of the whole event. Make sure to act inconspicuously

when the stalk-ee turns around.

Balcony Photographer – 1 person

Clear shots, aerial views, getting photos of the entire situation.

General Videographers – 2 people

On the floor or on the balcony videotaping the stalk-ee.

Lone Sketcher – 1 person

One person who sits at a table and sketches the stalk-ee.

Outgoing Approacher (With Recording Device) – 1 person

Dressed normally and approaches the stalk-ee to get information and find out their name.

General Observer – 1 or 2 people

Observers the stalk-ee and writes down mannerisms, appearance, preferences etc.

Forensics Crew – 1 person

Looks for DNA from the subject. Collects fingerprints and tries to get hair samples.

Stalking Group: Hunt

March 23, 2010

Basic Overview:

We have decided that it would be best if the class was split into ‘groups’ where people perform the assigned positions (indicated below). These groups would consist of the amount of people to fill all positions. Every half hour a group would switch in – allowing for the groups off duty to circulate the Great Hall and enjoy the other activities.


Photographer – 2 or 3 people

Eavesdropper – 2 people

Interaction – 1 person

Distraction – 1 person

Note-taker – 1 person

Stalkers – 2 or 3 people

Videographer – 1 person

Observer – 1 person




– takes pictures from a fairly close radius

– drifts in and out while taking pictures of other things to seem not so obvious

– uses the method of taking photos of their ‘buddy’ while really capturing prey in the background


– follow from close proximity and listen to conversations and interactions

– seem not so obvious by talking to your eavesdropper ‘buddy’ or ‘texting’.


– Goal is to interact with the prey

– Use different methods such as accidentally bumping into them/starting a conversation

– Place sticker on the prey to mark them?


– Goal is to confuse and distract people from what’s really going on

– Distract from others seeing exit? (card giving)


– Stand at a distance

– Record notes on behaviour/clothing/interactions etc.


– Follow from close proximity

– Follow from different positions

– Avert gaze when notice

– Drift, talk to other stalkers to seem not so obvious


– Watch and video tape from above


– Pick prey

– Keep tabs on whereabouts of prey

– Be central communications between stalkers

– Assist videographer

By: Cassandra, Shawna, Christina P, Caitlin


March 19, 2010

Here are everyone’s emails organized by group (the suffix for all is Let me know if I’ve gotten anyone’s emails wrong. Remember to read the instructions we posted below for each group, and get in touch if you have questions!


Tea – tp09me

April – ab09kj

Christina D – cd09hj

Tamara – tr09uk


Ivy – il09oi

Merrill – ml09oj

Sianna – sm09kl

Angelica – mc09vi


Jacques – jr09mf

Kevin – ko09jl

Matt – md09he

Laura – lr09kf


Ali – as09ms

Mitchell – mm09ek

Nikolai – nb09gq

Liisa – la09fi


Caranina – cb09en

Larisa – lu09ig

Cassi – cw09wi

Sheila – ss09se


Cassandra – cg09ig

Christina P – cp09vd

Shawna – sg09rn

Caitlin – cp09id


Nicholas – ns09wi

Sara – sp09jh

Emma – en09sf


March 19, 2010

YO YO COMRADES: We need everyone to bring in $5 by next class, so that if we need to buy something we have the funds. This will most likely be for the card given at the end or any technical equipment we may need to purchase. We will have a checklist next week to make sure there is no confusion, and if there is change after you will get it back of course. THANK YOU 🙂


EQUIPMENT/DATA CREW: Tea, April, Christina D, Tamara

– figure out what equipment we need (i.e. cameras, walkie talkies, microphones…) and how many we need

– figure out how the information we collect will be formatted to best convey the Stalker experience

– (if needed) where we can obtain the equipment we need and how much it may cost (if its not free)

WEBSITE CREW: Merrill, Ivy, Sianna, Angelica

– figure out how to format the website (technical issues)

– look into different websources (i.e. tumbler, wordpress, iweb…) see which one is best suited

– have a few mock up visualizations of the website layout and its contents

– check with the Graphics/Exit Team, to make sure your ideas mesh, keep in touch wid dem yo

GRAPHICS/EXIT STRATEGY CREW: Jacques, Kevin, Matt, Laura

– come up with the general exit procedure (i.e protocal to end the stalking interaction)

– come up with the exit object (i.e. the card, a button, stamp…)

– come up with a way to promote the website to others in the great hall who are not being stalked (i.e. engage the rest of the crowd who is not being stalked, seduce them into the activity/website)


LURK: Ali, Mitchell, Nikolai, Liisa

CREEP: Caranina, Laurisa, Cassi, Sheila

HUNT: Cassandra, Christina P, Shawna, Caitlin

– figure out what information you are going to collect (i.e name, photo, video, voice recording…)

– figure out how you are going to gather your information (i.e sketching them, talking to them,

– figure out the stealthiest way to stalk


March 19, 2010

Attraction: The stalking activity allows participants to place themselves on the more unlikely side of the situation, which is to be the one stalking someone.

Entry: The activity begins with a target chosen by the initial stalker. The stalker then proceeds to stealthily “Stalk” and follow around the target.

Engagement: The stalker can recruit others to help him stalk down the targer, engaging as many other individuals as possible, without blowing their general cover.

Exit: If the target figures out that they are being stalked and confronts the stalker(s), they in turn can join the activity by becoming a stalker. This would then lead to the choice of a new target to be stalked (game can either continue with the amount of people accumulated, or begin from the beginning with one stalker)

Extenstion: The activity can play on until the target is being stalked by as many people as possible (that being said; the ultimate goal would be to have almost everyone involved in the stalking of one target for the longest amount of time before they figure it out.

Project #3: sensory deprivation

March 19, 2010

The Scavenger Hunt for new people and their favourite spots in Toronto- Nikoli, April, and Liisa

March 19, 2010


1.Before the activate we would need to interview people about their favourite places in Toronto and take their picture. The info will be written behind the person’s photo. These photos will be hanged on the walls in OCAD and we would write clues to find these pictures.

2.Mike, in at activate, would get his photo taken at the great hall, and he would write his favourite spot, what makes this place so good, and address behind the picture. Mike would get a clue to find somebody’s photo in OCAD.

3.Mike goes to look for the photo, and when he finds it, he would place his photo on the wall and take the photo from the wall with him.

4.Mike comes back to the great hall and gives the information to us, and we would post the picture and the info into our interactive map, which will later be online. Mike gets to keep the photo.

After the activate, we would collect the pictures from the walls and add the pictures and the info on our interactive map, and post the map online. After the activate, people could go and see the map. By clicking the location, they would see the persons picture + info about the favourite place.



Scavenging the photos around in OCAD while meeting new people and learning about the fellow students’ favourite hang out places in Toronto


Having your picture taken in the Great Hall, writing down your favourite spot in Toronto, and go looking for another person’s photo by following clues.


Finding the photo, and meeting other people who are looking for the same photos, and telling your personal favourite spot + learning about new places


Bringing the photo from the wall back to the Great Hall, and giving the information for our map. Person gets to keep the photo.


 After the activate people can see the map online, and try out new places. Also, learning new things about other students, as well as meeting them

(Somewhat) Spontaneous Musical Interuption.

March 18, 2010

Conceptual Breakdown is as follows:

Attraction: There is none, we rely on the on goings of other events at OCAD to attract people, until we begin the performance. After which we will (in all likelihood) quickly gather and attract a very large audience because of the entertainment value and spontaneity of our experience.

Entry: The performance should encompass the entire great hall, as there is enough of us to sing (maybe dance) in all locations of it.

Engagement: Perhaps after the initial event occurs and that surprise factor is gone a projector could display the words we are choreographed to sing onto the wall, engaging the viewers and possibly enticing them to join in with the live musical.

Exit: The Finale.

Extension: The after reaching effects of this event could go very far or be nothing at all, it’s really up to what the class is capable of. One definite possibility is recording the spontaneous musical and selling it/giving away/displaying on a later date. Merchandise is always something as well.

To clarify and confusion this (somewhat) spontaneous (somewhat) orchesrated musical interuption within or around OCAD is an extension of Nick’s “Buisiness”, we sought to create an acting experience, that would involve more of the class rather then just a select few, it can also be carried out more easily on the day of Activate! The most importent thing really is nerves, singing in a very large group is incredibly easy, thus, the more shy people in class should find it less stressful then “The Buisiness” for example. Figuring out harmonies isn’t to troubling either when working with many people.

If theres any further confusion watch this video to get an idea of what kind of musical were talking about (ours would be smaller then this and no BGM orchestra)

CHAT roulette – Ali, Nicholas, Larisa and Cassi

March 18, 2010

Concept breakdown;

Attraction: Meeting fellow OCAD students in a safe environment. Asking random questions and learning new things.

Entry: Walk up to a computer station and begin speaking with a person at another location via skype.

Engagement: Meeting new people, interesting  questions and creating dialogue.

Exit: Sign out or walk away.

Extension: After having a chat with a fellow student, you have now made a friend that you could meet up with on or just wave at when you see each other  around campus

Project three: The Urban Information Mapping Experience

March 18, 2010

Project Three: Eight Possibilities

March 18, 2010

You have chosen eight ideas that demonstrate promise as compelling interactive experiences for the Activate! event. You have also been assigned small groups charged with the task of propelling these ideas forward. These ideas and groups are as follows.

For next week, please prepare the following.

1) A fully specified experience. In your groups, re-read the project brief, and contemplate your assigned idea. Brainstorm variations on the idea, and develop a fully specified iteration of the idea that best suits the constraints described in the project brief: limited budget, material flows, intuitive functionality, temporal sequencing and site specificity. Explicitly account for how your iteration satisfies the five phases of a compelling experience: Attraction, Entry, Engagement, Exit and Extension.

2) A storyboard of your fully specified experience. Make a storyboard that outlines your new iteration. Post the storyboard to the blog, and annotate it (i.e. describe with text) with any important details. This storyboard will necessarily be more elaborate than the ones you prepared individually. Bring a physical copy of the storyboard to class.

2) A role-play of your fully specified experience. Come to next class prepared to role play your new storyboard: act it out for us. Bring any props and equipment you might require. Engage your colleagues: they can take part in your role-play too.

This is effectively a competitive exercise. May the best idea, that is the most convicingly storyboarded and role played, win us over.

Activate! Ideas

March 17, 2010

This is the idea Sheila and I came up with during class:This was my original idea:

Activate! Storyboard: Urban Sprawl

March 14, 2010

March 13, 2010

IF we were going to do a collective image drawing, I think it was mentioned during class, here is an example of something like it.


March 13, 2010

Activate: Ideas

March 12, 2010

The Food Fling

March 12, 2010


The Food Fling makes eating party food even more fun! This miniature catapult offers excitement while building it, and activity while you can challenge your friends into competition while eating.

First, the catapult needs to be build. You can find the catapult on the reverse side of the food package. Cut it out, put it together by following easy instructions, and the catapult is ready to use. The package comes with the paper catapult, rubber band, string, and the catapult arm, so all you need is a piece of tape and a pair of scissors.

Second, place the food into the cup, push the catapult arm down, and aim for the dips. Play it by yourself, or challenge your friends into competition, since every package comes with two catapults!

Feed back and Improvements

After the first prototype the feed back was good: Toy was exciting and fun to play with, BUT nobody would like to buy it for their parties, since they could build it on their own. The improvement ideas were, that I could buil a paper version of it, so it could come in the package with the food, and that the catapult could be smaller.






Project 3: Activate! Storyboard

March 12, 2010

Experiences: Sunny Day Simulation

March 12, 2010

Paradise in the city:

Activate! Stay in touch with friends!

March 12, 2010

1) Street, downtown, pedestrians, blue garbage bin, everything is recorded on camera
2) Blue garbage bin screams for help (audio recorder is inside the bin)
3) Pedestrians open it and see human faces (photos) and the sign “Don’t let your friendships go to waste”
4) People can leave a message for their used-to-be-friends on camera
5) Movie with the massages will be screened at the Great Hall:
Don’t feel alienated in our big city – stay in touch with friends!


March 12, 2010

Basically an extreme version of the Telephone game with a variety of information transporting systems. Resulting in hilarity and a visual representation of how information alters itself.

P2: Avis Toy Proposal

March 12, 2010

Aves are handcrafted owl busts. Each owl is created from one hundred percent recycled materials and a new personality.

Take Asio for example, she is a big fan of the Color yellow and anything vintage. As well as musicals, Ikea and playing the ukulele. Ninox is a creature of habit, returning to the same roost for critter pizza every night. He loves staying up late playing videogames, and the color blue.  Otus on the other hand enjoys energy drinks, Deathcab for cutie, anything with red and black stripes and being unique.

Each joint, the neck and solders, are fully functional allowing the toy to be fiddled with and posed at their owner’s leisure. Avis are the perfect toy to have around your studio or desk. When you need a shot of creativity or just a break you can reach for your friendly owl and fiddle around until the inspiration strikes.  This toy is fun, a hoot one might say, because of the simplicity of its design. One could do a million different things with it, create stories, go on photo shoots, or just give your hands something to keep busy with.


When the class was presented with the Avis it was grouped together with a few other figurine-esk toys. When compared to the other more interactive toys in the class it was left at the wayside. As people moved around the room they would settle down to the objects and fiddle with them; testing their mobility and possible uses. Eventually their attention would be caught by another toy across the room. But as they looked on they would continue to absentmindedly play with the toy.

Feedback and Improvements

To improve the toy many people did not know what to do. I would account that to the fact that as a figurine it works well but not necessarily in the energized setting of our class. More of a personality was discussed though. By giving my toys identities, as I have above, it allows owners to identify with the toys and create desirability. This would also allow be to branch out and create an even larger line of owls with a broader selection of personalities for the public.


March 12, 2010

DIY Doll

March 12, 2010

D I Y   D O L L

Tired of the same boring toys? Do you want a toy that’s unique and one-of-a-kind? Introducing the DIY Doll. Whether it’s Design-It-Yourself, Draw-It-Yourself, or Doodle-It-Yourself, this toy is guaranteed to be fun for all ages.

Description: The set of dolls that I brought for testing in class were a mix of different silhouettes, including bears, people,a horse, and a bunny. I played with the size of each doll as well to see which size and type of doll would be best. The markers provided were Sharpies, which are permanent markers. Safety pins, buttons, and a needle and thread were also provided.

Observations: When I brought the dolls out, everyone in the surrounding area was intrigued. They immediately started drawing and exploring: some were silly, some were interesting, and some were cute. Dolls of smaller size were a lot cuter than some of their larger counterparts. Some people dropped by the table and drew a little while some took their time to finish their mini masterpiece.

Why is this toy fun?: Drawing/doodling is a fun pastime that anyone can do. This toy involves a tactile experience where the creator is involved in designing their own doll that suits their personal taste. Having a lot of dolls and markers available all at once was an open invitation for people to gather and talk while drawing and doodling on their own doll.

Improvements: Would this toy would be successful if it was sold separately without tools (like the Munny) and left entirely up to the creator? Or would it be more successful if it were marketed as a social experience where all the materials were laid out for anyone to use (like the set-up during class). I would combine both aspects and sell this product in individual or group packs of toys with a variety of silhouettes. Kits could be sold with a small pack of markers, permanent or washable.

Project Two: Toy Proposal

March 12, 2010

Dead Head

Dead Head is a simple funand unique toy, that allows you to put your own creative mark on it.  It’s there for those times when you’re extremely bored or when you just need a creative outlet. There’s infinite possibilities to what this face can become and it’s all in your hands!  There’s no such thing as mistakes when it comes to creating your own design and you can always start fresh when an old face has run it’s course.  If you like your design so much and think others will too, you can send it in and try and have it chosen for the annual Collectors Edition!  Designs are sent in from Dead Head owners everywhere, where few designs will be chosen and available for purchase.  This toy brings back old child hood memories, where you pretty much wanted to colour on everything, even faces… well here’s your chance!

During the interaction with this toy, users were highly entertained, relaxed and content.  They are constantly in control of the outcome of the toy and are eager to finish drawing to look at their final design.  Students found it to be a rather care free and relaxing toy interaction, which allowed them to disconnect from the worries of their lives as students and hop into the world of magical colouring.

Broken Telephone

March 12, 2010


March 12, 2010


1) There will be many blank blocks (made of wood, I guess) of different shapes and sizes.

2) People will be invited to design a building of some sort to their liking using paints, markers, pens, basically whatever we have to provide them with! They will be encouraged to design a building that they would like to see around the city more. They may be functional (hospitals, libraries, malls, schools etc.) or just to add something aesthetically pleasing to the city.

3) Once they are done, they can place their building onto the piece of ‘land’ that will be set up.

4) Voila, city constructed.


March 12, 2010


March 12, 2010

(Because the blog was full the last time I tried uploading)

1) Two Player Fling-Mechanism basketball: Two miniature basketball nets on opposite ends inside of a plastic dome. There would be two grooves at the free throw point on both sides of the ‘court’ whre the balls would sit. Each person would have to try to score the ball into the net using the catapult mechanism.

2)Magnet Maze: Wooden maze with a plastic cover over top. There would be a metal ball inside and the player would have to use the magnet stylus to guide the ball to the other side of the maze.

3) Rollerhockey: Air hockey without the air.  A metal ball with a rubber bumper around it would be the puck. Each player would have a paddle and try to score the puck into the other person’s goal.

4) Velcro Catapult: Velcro target and wooden catapult (that operated in a seesaw like manner). Player would have to try to launch the little fabric man onto the velcro target using the catapult.


March 12, 2010

Have you always dreamt of having your own velcro wall, but haven’t had enough space to keep or or no money to afford one?

Well now you can live your dream through this pink little fella! It’s easy to play! All you have to do is launch the little guy up into the air using the seesaw-catapult mechanism and onto the velcro target! The closer to the bullseye you get him, the better! There are multiple ways to play:

1) Place the velcro target onto the Fling-A-Fella stand and try to stick the little guy onto the target with it standing up right.

2) Place the velcro target on a flat surface and try to lob the little guy onto the target.

3)Play with a friend and have them try to catch the fella with the velcro target.

4) Play with friends and compete to achieve the best score! Set a score limit and see who reaches it first! If the fella lands on the black space its worth 5 points, blue is worth 10 points and the bullseye is worth 15 points.

5) Use Fling-A- Fella as a stress reliever and go crazy on him. Launch him into walls,into people, or just up into the air!

You will love Fling-A-Fella because it is fun, yet challenging. It’s easy to play, but it’ll take a few tries to perfect the fling, so be prepared to become DANGEROUSLY addicted. During user testing many people found on their first few tries they would either fling the fella too far or not far enough, but with consistent perseverance, they flung the fella to velcro safety! It’s lightweight and easy to carry around, so you can bring the fun of Fling-A-Fella wherever you go!


March 11, 2010

Activate: The Anonymous Business Conference

A group of Suited (masked?) students will crowd around ordinary individuals and begin the buisness. No words are spoken by the business-men/women, but some form of business is being done.

The reactions are taped from a far, the best ones are saved.